What is a forest?
How do we use forests?
What is happening to our forests?
Forests of the future
In groups, give pupils a large sheet of flip chart paper with the photo of the Scots Pine forest in the middle. Ask them to write down all the ways they are connected to the forest in Scotland. You might need to use the teacher prompts to get them started.
Ask groups to feedback 3 main ideas.
Now give the groups a sheet of paper with a photo of the Congo Basin rainforest in the centre and ask them to write down all the ways they are connected to the Congo Basin rainforest.
Groups can again share 3 ideas.
Explain to the class that they will add to their ideas at the end of the unit of work and use them to reflect on what they have learnt and to explore some of the similarities and differences between the forests.
This activity should be repeated when the pupils have finished exploring forests. Give pupils their original ideas for ways they are connected to trees and ask them to add any further ideas using a different colour pen.
Ask pupils to compare their initial connections with their connections now. What do they notice? Discuss the ways their understanding of their connections with the forest has changed.
To what extent have pupils demonstrated a broader range of ideas and show greater depth of understanding?